Have you been thinking about using a day bed or futon in your spare room? Which do you think would work best? There are some basic differences in the look of the two and in the feel. Daybeds come in a variety of styles and sizes but look like a bed. Futons are like a sofa that opens to a bed.
A Daybed can double as a small loveseat or full time twin bed. It takes a regular bed mattress and can accommodate a trundle bed underneath for additional sleep space. Drawers also can be added under a daybed for extra storage. A captains day bed where a trundle bed and drawers go underneath is another type of daybed. The total bed height will be higher to make room for both. Daybeds make an excellent place to lounge or take a nap during the day but are not as comfortable to sit on as a futon to use for everyday seating. Futons are available in more sizes than either a day bed or trundle. And futons give excellent seating and sleeping arrangements when paired with the right mattress.
Daybeds come in a variety of stylish options to create a cozy corner in any room. Choose metal, either simple contemporary or an ornate option or wood. Most can accommodate a rollout trundle, but only a few have drawer options. Wood daybeds usually have more options in underneath storage. They can be more expensive but are usually more durable. Many styles and finish options are out there. You can easily find one to match your room.
Daybeds take regular linens but you will need a special comforter and skirt for it to fit a daybed properly. Large back pillows are needed it you intend to use as a loveseat during the day. Some daybeds are backless and they are easier to make up with regular bedding. The ones without backs are usually more casual looking.
Futons give a different option for the same space where you might use a daybed. They offer the comfort and style of a regular sofa and are available in full or queen size bed size for sleeping. Again you have many different options in looks and feels for comfort. A futon can be a quality and expensive looking alternative to a daybed or traditional sleep sofa. You are not limited by style or fabric choices these days. Due to new technology you can get a futon comfortable and durable enough for every night sleeping. There are many types of specialty mattresses now made to fit a futon. (Don't think cheap and uncomfortable).
We carry a range of daybeds and futons in our store. We stock all the different futon mattress as well as hundreds of different covers and pillows. Drawers can go under both daybeds and futons for extra storage. Choosing a daybed or futon will depend on your intended use and the look you want to create in your room. When selecting, know your space size and who will mostly use this furniture? Is it everyday or occassional? How much do you want to spend? Will it be mostly sat or slept on?
Answering these questions will make your shopping easier and your choices clearer. A futon or daybed can be a wise choice when you have done your homework. Stop by the futon store to see how you can spruce up your spare room with a new futon or daybed.